Articles by Chuck Ledbetter


CHPD Begins Partnership with LifeSpring Health System’s Project Care

The Charlestown Police Department has entered into a collaborative partnership with LifeSpring Health Systems’ PROJECT CARE. The project is designed to identify citizens who have experienced an incident involving a substance use disorder overdose or mental health event; and then follow-up for purposes of support and assistance in obtaining preventative treatment resources locally. The CHPD Project Care liaison is Cpl. Tyler Lyons; who will collaborate weekly with the LifeSpring Health System Project Care team. “We look forward to collaborating with Project Cares to make it easier for our citizens to have the opportunity to receive services, that otherwise may not have been known to them”, said Chief Kruse. A similar partnership with Jeffersonville Police Department has proven to successfully reduce overdose fatalities and drug arrests since August of 2021. Shown in the below photo, after execution of the partnership paperwork during today’s Charlestown City Board of Works meeting are: (l-r)…


Charlestown Man Charged After Stabbing Incident

Clark County Emergency Communications recieved 911 calls, at approximately 4:57 pm, Friday, February 16th, 2024; regarding an unknown male attempting to force his way into an occupied second floor apartment, located in the 700 block of Main Street, in Charlestown. Callers also reported a male that had been stabbed in the neck/facial area at the same location; giving a detailed description of an unknown male assailant. First Responders arrived on scene to find a 23 year old male resident of the apartment complex stabbed by unknown male suspect, who had fled the scene on foot. The 23 year old male was transported by EMS to University of Louisville Hospital, in Louisville; while CHPD officers secured the scene. Twenty minutes later, officers located a male matching the assailant description, on foot one block away from the scene. The 27 year old male suspect, also a resident of the same apartment complex;…


CHPD Hosts Weather SKYWARN SPOTTER Training

CHPD, though our Neighborhood Watch Program, will be making access to this US National Weather Service Louisville Kentucky free public training even easier at our facility. SKYWARN Spotter Training teaches the basics of observing for and reporting all types of severe weather; including thunderstorms, tornados, flooding, and winter storms. The course is free, lasts for approximately two hours, and will be conducted via video webinar by Louisville weather office professionals. CHPD will make the Monday, February 26th webinar available in the Community Room at CHPD Headquarters (703 Main St., Charlestown, IN 47111). The webinar is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm; so attendees are encouraged to arrive at the Charlestown Police Department approximately 15 minutes prior to sign in and get comfortable. For more information about the SKYWARN program, visit https://www.weather.gov/skywarn/.


Rest in Peace CHPD K9 Kubo EOW 11/20/2023

We are saddened to announce the passing of retired Charlestown Police Department K9, Kubo; end of watch 11/20/2023.  K9 Kubo served the Charlestown community from March 2012 through retirement in November 2017; as the dedicated and faithful duty partner of beloved CHPD Sgt. Ben Bertram (EOW 12/12/2018).  Following Sgt. Bertram’s line of duty death K9 Kubo went to live with Ben’s parents, Luke & Diane Bertram, where he was spoiled & adored.   K9 Kubo was certified in both narcotics and utility patrol work; responsible for countless narcotic seizures, apprehensions, and service.  K9 Kubo, a Belgian Malinois / Dutch Shepherd mix breed; was 12 years of age when departing us.  Kubo was an amazing Police K-9 and will be eternally missed.   Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with the Bertram family. We take comfort in the memories of Sgt. Bertram & K9 Kubo’s time here with us…